Stolen iPads at Irmo High lead to arrests of 3 students, man

cwinston@thestate.comOctober 31, 2013 

— Three Lexington-Richland 5 students and a 22-year-old man have been arrested after thousands of dollars worth of Apple iPads were stolen from Irmo High School.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Thursday reported that 20 iPad and iPad Minis were reported stolen by students between Sept. 12 and Oct. 17.

Irmo High Resource Office Len Wilkerson arrested the suspects and recovered the computers, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

•  Shaolin Unique Burgess, 17, of Bridgewater Circle was arrested Oct. 21 on a charge of petit larceny. A student at Dutch Fork High, Burgess posted bail last week from the Lexington County Detention Center.

•  Andrew Josef Hamilton, 18, of Tram Road was arrested Oct. 21 on a charge of receiving stolen goods. A student at Irmo High, Hamilton posted bail last week from the detention center.

•  Lamont Antonio Jennings, 18, of Harrogate Road was arrested Oct. 22 on four counts of receiving stolen goods. A student at Irmo High, Jennings posted bail Thursday from the detention center

•  Kendrick Allan Thompson, 22, of 5324 Bush River Road, was arrested Oct. 24 on a charge of receiving stolen goods. He was released last week after posting bond at the detention center.

The computers stolen from Irmo High were sold at ATM machines at two Columbia-area shopping malls, where customers are able to deposit electronic items and receive cash, the news release said. Each tablet was sold for $144.

Deputies are still looking for a 17-year-old in connection with the case, the news release said.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said the case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information should call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.

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